Wednesday 22 February 2017

Online dating is turning us all into picky, deluded snobs waiting for Mr or Ms Perfect

Published 09/06/2014 | 02:30

Elle ‘the Body’ Macpherson: “We’ve come up with a sort of fantasy world inhabited by honed, muscular men and leggy, impossibly perfect women. . . We have become ever more dismissive, ever more shallow.”
Elle ‘the Body’ Macpherson: “We’ve come up with a sort of fantasy world inhabited by honed, muscular men and leggy, impossibly perfect women. . . We have become ever more dismissive, ever more shallow.”

YOU might think that women would be put off by a dating profile that features some lad who's so proud of his gym-honed pecs that he poses shirtless in his shower. Some dating sites beg to differ. Take beautifulpeople.com, where each member is selected for his or her looks, from tens of thousands of applicants to what is marketed as the biggest network of attractive people in the world. The site is something like Mensa for the good-looking.

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If you want to be part of the certified beautiful too, you post a photo with a short biography and then wait a worrisome 48 hours while you are voted on by existing members.

If you're deemed beautiful enough, you are allowed to join up. Beware the men and women who struggle with things like acne, broken capillaries, enlarged pores, pale rolls of flesh or baldness. You won't be getting in. It doesn't matter much, though, if you're prone to wake up the next morning with rank breath and a bad attitude.

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